CARE AND SUPPORT
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35
FUMC is a closely connected community of Christians. We are there for one another through good times and bad. Sometimes giving care, sometimes receiving care, and always holding one another in prayer, members of FUMC are involved in numerous ministries of care and support. These ministries seek to offer spiritual companionship on the sometimes difficult journey of life. The ministries include the Circle of Care, Visitation & Respite Ministry, Worship for the Homebound, Meal Ministry, End of Life & Grief Support, Healing Hearts, Memory Cafe, AA, and Al-Anon.
Circle of Care
The Circle of Care is a team of lay ministers who are trained and equipped to offer spiritual and emotional support to those among us going through a period of grief, an illness, a divorce, a difficult pregnancy, a hospitalization, the dying process, a job loss, or other life transition or crisis. The Circle of Care team reaches out through visits, cards, and calls to help individuals weather the storms of life.
Senior Visitation Ministry
Growing old is a process filled with everyday challenges and extraordinary opportunities for spiritual growth. Through this ministry, members of FUMC visit one-on-one with senior members of the church monthly in the homes or long-term-care facilities where they live. Sharing conversation can provide seniors with relief from loneliness and visitors with wisdom, fascinating stories, and new hobbies to enjoy. If you feel called to serve in this ministry, please contact our Minister of Congregational Care, Sam Mutschelknaus, at 262-542-4256.
Parents new to parenting are offered support through this ministry via a gift pack for each newborn which includes a parenting book, a homemade quilt made by the Piecemakers Quilting group, and items of care. A gift of a meal is given by volunteers who offer this ministry.
A Memory Cafe is a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer's, or other dementia, and their family and friends. First United Methodist Church has partnered with the Aging and Disability Resource Center and the Alzheimer's Association to offer a monthly Memory Cafe every 4th Wednesday from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Spot at 500 E Broadway St. in Waukesha.